3 Ways On How Pumpkin Can Give You A Better CrossFit Experience

Every now and then, we need to go back to the basics after all the intensity inside the box. And by basics, we mean the ones from the very ground, and we’re talking about pumpkins here.

The problem with fitness today is that it has already become too commercialized. It’s now time to get back and make everything real. Treat life as a great adventure and eat just the way nature intended us to do so. Do all these things just like a true CrossFitter.

The following are 3 awesome ways on how pumpkins can give you a better CrossFit experience.

1. Eat It

Not the canned stuff. Not mixed with cake batter and poured into muffin tins. Eat the gorgeous gourd itself. It’s a squash. It’s delicious. If you want to sweeten it up a little, try roasting it with a little coconut sugar and cinnamon. Heaven on a plate. Puree the roasted pumpkin (chilled, duh) with some milk, sweetener and protein powder for an incredible postworkout shake. Serious game changer.

Pumpkin is a powerhouse food for athletes. It’s chock-full of stuff to replenish your body and refuel your muscles: fiber to promote gut health, beta carotene for your eyes and potassium to restore electrolytes. Pumpkin actually has more potassium per serving than a banana, so it’s a great WOD-recovery food. It’s got antioxidants, enzymes and hydrating properties that help cleanse and hydrate your skin, so it makes a lot of sense to eat this in the fall … to recover from those “accidental” sunburns you got on all your summer adventures.

For a quick pumpkin fix (and a healthy dose of protein), get it in bar form. Quest’s Pumpkin Pie Bar  (new this year) tastes just like Ben Smith. I mean, I can’t confirm that, but when I imagine licking him … that’s what it tastes like. (Jason Khalipa tastes like birthday cake, FYI). The bar has 21 grams of protein and lots of healthy fats to keep your nutrition game strong and your hunger at bay.

For a savory pumpkin snack, get in touch with your inner kid, carve that sucker, pluck out the seeds and roast them with a little sea salt. Pumpkin seeds can help reduce LDLs, which aids heart health and reduces cancer risk. They’re also a source of tryptophan (the famous sleep-inducing agent in turkey), so eat ’em before bed. Interestingly, pumpkin seeds have also been associated with increased serotonin, which is a natural mood booster. So those fond childhood memories of roasting pumpkin seeds might be even more fond because you were basically getting high on them.

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